Until now, the weed industry has had to live underground, which means that they haven't been able to benefit from the same types of technological advances. However, with states like Colorado, Washington and Alaska on board, California could tip the scales and make weed the next new startup idea. Many startups are located in the state to begin with, and people who live and work in the state are typically a fan of start up culture, so it is a natural fit.
Two of the largest life insurance providers in Canada have changed their stance on pot smokers, and have decided to no longer treat them like cigarette smokers. This is great for pot smokers using these companies' policies who used to have to pay the same high premium as those who enjoy smoking tobacco.
Dixie Brands, Inc. has just released a drink mix which is a mix of vitamins, terpenes (the molecules which give weed different flavors) and cannabinoids. There are three versions of this drink addition available which are calm, soothe and wellness. All you have to do to get the healing power of the cannabinoids and healthy value of the vitamins is to dissolve a packet of the stuff into a glass of water, wait a couple minutes and then drink away.
According to the ACLU, it's not just a perception that weed is an issue that everyone - even conservatives - care about, it's true! Some political analysts believe that this is because the conservative parties have gotten an injection of pure libertarianism in the past few years, and one tenet of being libertarian is that they believe the government should keep their noses out of most things. Thus, with a more libertarian look at things, more conservatives believe that weed laws should be up to the states and may even believe that it should be up to individual people when, how and why they want to use marijuana.
Some of Australia's 8 states had already legalized weed for medicinal purposes prior to a bill allowing medicinal marijuana being passed, but the Australian legislators believe that it will be better for the whole country to have a more cohesive plan that will hopefully make it easier for those who need marijuana to get it. It's just one step closer to a world where anyone who wants to get their hands on some weed to feel good, or to help their health, can do it.
One reason why legalization is coming up for many countries is they are realizing that prohibition attitudes just do not work. All countries have to show for that attitude is overcrowded prisons and lots of people who have records for small crimes.
Canada's legalization of weed would be breaking a bunch of international treaties that were invented to help prevent drug trafficking across borders, but really just served to provide useful fodder for the prison-industrial complex that has been flourishing in developed nations. If Canada legalizes pot without any repercussions from other countries who are part of these treaties, it could pave the way for other developed nations to legalize more easily. There always has to be a first!
Oregon's laws are a lot more permissive than Washington laws and that seems to be the way laws are evolving state to state. In both states medical marijuana patients can possess more pot and grow their own marijuana, so this comparison is focused only the laws that deal with recreational weed enthusiasts.